School of Earth and Environmental Sciences


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Professor Rob Strachan

  • Role Title: Professor of Geology
  • Address: School of Earth & Environmental Sciences Burnaby Building Burnaby Road Portsmouth PO1 3QL
  • Telephone: 023 92 842279
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  • Department: Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty: Science


  • 2013 – Professor of Geology, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth.
  • 2007 - 2017, Head of School, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth.
  • 2003- Reader, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth.
  • 1982-2003 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Principal Lecturer/Reader, Department of Geology, Oxford Polytechnic/Oxford Brookes University.
  • 1978-82 University of Keele, Staffordshire (graduated PhD; thesis title: “Geology of the Moine rocks of the Loch Eil area, West Inverness-shire”).
  • 1975-78 University College of Wales, Aberystwyth (graduated BSc Hons in Geology, Upper Second Class)

Teaching Responsibilities

SEES 412 How the Earth Works, SEES 530 Structural Geology, SEES 625 Geodynamics, SEES 618 Geology Project and Advanced Field Study, co-leader of NW Scotland and Brittany fieldcourses.


  • The nature of orogenic processes within the middle to lower continental crust.
  • Mechanisms of granite emplacement in different structural settings.
  • The application of geochronological techniques to date deformational and metamorphic events during orogeny.
  • The evolution and reactivation history of major continental fault zones.
  • The syn- to post-orogenic erosional history of mountain belts.  

Research profile

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